Alumni Updates

AlumnusUpdates and Accomplishments
Avarca, Edwin
OC '09
M. Ed. student in School of Education at Stanford University
Gbadebo, Monisola
OC '09
Featured in Quirky Black girls E-Zine for her poem "gestation: a sleepy Virginia farm"
Tam-Claiborne, Daniel
OC '09
Oberlin Shansi Fellow, Shanxi Agricultural University, China 2009-2011
Blogging about his experiences at Travel Breeds Content
van Allen, Amanda
OC '09
M.A. student in School of Journalism at NYU
Diallo, Assiatou
OC '08
Class elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees
Forbes, Phoenix
OC '08
Litigation Support Paralegal, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
LeBrown, Marisol
OC '07
Doctoral student and McCracken Fellow in American Studies at NYU; former MRC Latino/a Community Coordinator 2007-2008
Bhagirat, Ramaesh
OC '06
Doctoral student and University of Chicago History Department and Social, behavioral and Economic Science Fellow in History at University of Chicago; former MRC Africana Community Coordinator 2007-2008
Domaguin, Daniel
OC '06
Clinical Social Worker/Senate Bill 618 Community Case Manager, Department of Psychiatry Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application at UCSD
Noel, Baraka
OC '06
Released a CD titled The Mixtape Philosophies of Mushroom Black; for a rave review check out Okay Player
Limki, Rashne
OC '05
Doctoral student at UCSD in Ethnic Studies; previously A/PA Community Coordinator in the MRC 2005-2006
Nguyen, Nancy
OC '05
Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, 2005-2006
Patterson, Reginald
OC '05
Class elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees and doctoral student in Romance Studies at Duke University; previously Fulbright Fellow in Guadeloupe, 2005-2006
Pipkins, Desiree
OC '05
Research Director, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Washington D.C.
Bharathan, Vivek
OC '04
Shansi Fellow, The American College, Madurai, India, 2005-2007
Cerna-Turoff, Ilana
OC '04
Graduate student at UCSF in Ethnic Studies; previously Si Se Puede Fellow, Youth Media Council, Oakland
Eubank, Kate
OC '03
Director of Development/Associate Director of Facilities, The Mikva Challenge, Chicago; previously LGBT Community Coordinator in the MRC 2003-2005
Han, Grace
OC '02
M.A. student at Yale University in Religion/Religious Studies; previously A/PA Community Coordinator in the MRC 2002-2003
Newton, Farnell
OC '00
A trumpeter and jazz composer/musician; released a CD titled Sense of Direction by the Farnell Newton-Marcus Reynolds Quintet
Plaster, Joey
OC '00
Creator of the Oberlin College LGBT Community History Project
Polk, Khary
OC '00
Doctoral student and McCracken Fellow in American Studies at NYU; published on and in Think Again, Corpus, If We Have To Take Tomorrow and the Journal of Negro History
Kuku-Siemons, Diepiriye S. 
OC '97
Doctoral student at Delhi University School of Economics in the Department of Sociology, and AAKAR Fellow and consultant for Oxfam (India) Trust working on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support strategies for rural youth in four high prevalence Indian states.
Fenty, Adrian M.
OC '92
Mayor of Washington, D.C.; previously Ward 4 D.C. Council member. Check out the Washington Post article.
Medina, Jill
OC '88
Associated Director of Admissions at Oberlin College
Bechdel, Alison
OC '81
Author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home and of the syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Check out the Oberlin in the News synopsis.
Gile, Nancy
OC '81
Writer/contributor to the Emmy award-winning CBS News Sunday Morning. As an actress, she spent three seasons on China Beach and has guest appearances on The Jury, LA Law, Spin City, Law and order, Dream On, and Fresh Prince.
Hymes, Victor L.
OC '79
Member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees; Chief Executive Office and Chief Investment Officer Legato Capitla Management, LLC San Francisco; Director, Montgomery Street Income Securities, Inc.; Board Member, Earthjustice and the University of California Merced Foundation; MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
McBride, James
OC '79
Award winning writer and composer; his memoir, The Color of Water, won the 1997 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Literary Excellence; his written work has appeared in The Washington Post, People Magazine, Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times; as a musician, he has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Purafe, Gray Burton, and the television character Barney.
Frascino, Robert J.
OC '74
Alumni elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees and President/Founder of the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Yu, Diane C.
OC '73
Alumni elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees and Chief of Staff/Deputy to the President at NYU; founding member of the Asian American Alliance student organization
Russell, Wendell P.
OC '71
President of the Oberlin College Alumni Association
Brooks, Avery
OC '70
Actor and educator; played Captain Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Spance Nine; first African-American to earn a MFA in Acting and Directing from Rutgers Unversity
Lythcott, Michael J.
OC '70
Alumni elected member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees and President of the Lythcott Company
Betsch Cole, Johnnetta
OC '57
President of Bennett College; previously President of Spellman College; Bennett College and Spellman College are the only two historically black women's colleges in the US